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Kurdish peshmerga forces have been battling Islamic State militants outside the city of Sinjar since January.
The peshmerga are holding the heights to the north of the city, while IS controls the city itself. There is no sign of any civilians left in the city.
The warfare is largely static: both sides are stuck in their positions, sniping at each other, while IS occasionally tries to storm some of the Kurdish frontal positions, or lob mortars across their lines into the rear.
Low on heavy weapons themselves, the peshmerga typically call in coalition airstrikes when they spot IS forces moving around. On 25 and 26 May, when this report was filmed, the Kurds called in nearly a dozen airstrikes.
According to a report posted on the website of US Central Command said that on 26 May “near Sinjar, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroying two ISIL buildings and two ISIL heavy machine guns.”
The city of Sinjar is important because sits on a road between Mosul, Iraq, and Raqqa, Syria, the two biggest cities controlled by IS. The militants use the road to move personnel and equipment between the two major theatres of war.
The 12th peshmerga brigade, which has been on the lines since the beginning of May, lost 13 killed and nearly a hundred wounded in their first three weeks of deployment.
Video shows Popular Committees militiamen in the Sheikh Othman neighborhood of Aden, Yemen targeting a Houthi sniper using a tank and a machine gun mounted on a pickup truck.
October 26-31, 2014
Intense combat footage shows Islamic Front and Free Syrian Army forces battling the Syrian Army in Aleppo using captured tanks. The Islamic Front and the FSA are the primary factions in control of rebel held Aleppo, including key parts of the battered old city.
"We have been in this Mosque for over a year and it is very precious to us as it is one of the great Islamic sites. We are defending it against the horrible regime [of Bashar al-Assad] that shells and bombs without considering the people or the religious sites. We are still defending our city. We follow orders to take down the regime and the president, and then liberate ourselves. We are still hanging on, trying to maintain what is left of Aleppo. With God's help, we will hopefully be liberated from this regime."
Shot 1: Fighters from the FSA and the Islamic Front defending an attack by the regime at the frontline of Sifat
Shot 2: Clashes between the regime and the rebels in Handarat
Shot 3: Clashes between the rebels and the regime
Shot 4: Shot of the Citadel of Aleppo, that is under the control of the regime
Shot 5: Military group commander in the old town of Aleppo and the guard of the Ummayad Mosque in Aleppo
A Jabhat al-Nusra fighter fires a heavy machine gun mounted on a truck at an ISIS position in the town of al-Sobhah in eastern Deir Ezzour Province in Syria on May 5, 2014.
An officer of the Afghan National Directorate of Security (NDS) mans a vehicle mounted 50 Calibre machine gun in the central district of Bamyan (Bamiyan, Bamain)
An FSA fighter checks the machine-gun on his technical.
This POLISARIO Solider stands in front of a converted Landcruiser which has been fitted with a heavy machine gun.